Once Gautama Buddha was going to another village with
his disciple Ananda. On the way they came across a small
water stream but they did not stopped there and kept on moving.
After around half an hour, Buddha sat down under a big tree
and asked Ananda to bring some water from the water stream
they have crossed few minutes ago. When Ananda reached the
water stream, it was muddy and water was not looking clean.
So Ananda came and reported to Buddha that water is not good
for drinking. Its better to wait till we reach the next village.
But Buddha insisted on drinking the water from the same
water stream and he asked Ananda to wait at the stream till
it water become clear again. So Ananda went there again.
To his surprise water was looking more clean this time but
was still little muddy. Nothing else to do, Ananda just sat
there looking at the water. To his surprise, after some time
mud had settled down to the bottom and water was for drinking again.
Then Ananda suddenly realized that the first time when he
was coming back to the stream, A bullock cart must have passed through the stream and all the mud has come on the surface
of water, thus making it unclean. He came back and reported
all this to Buddha.
Buddha smiled and said this is the case with all of us.
When any thought or emotion comes then we get identified
with them and we become unconscious. But on the contrary,
If we just witness these thoughts and feelings silently,
with out doing any thing with them then they will affect us
and will leave on their own.
Our mind is that bullock cart which brings thoughts and
emotions to cloud our consciousness and make us unconscious.
A meditator just witness these thoughts and his consciousness
always remains clean and undisturbed. But if we get identify
with any emotion then we our consciousness become disturb
and full of disturbance like that of the water stream.
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